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France - Dordogne to Limousin
24th August 2019 - 7th September 2019 (15 days)
This is a moving-on tour, starting and finishing near Bordeaux in south west France. From the Bordelais vineyards, an increasingly undulating landscape gives way to the more challenging climbs of the graniite Limousin and the wild plateau of the Millevaches Regional Park. The return follows the course of the Dordogne River with its many attractive towns and villages. Although there are rest days and several opportunities to take shorter alternatives, the nature of the terrain, although not generally mountainous, means that most days involve some climbing. There will be no setting of a pace that all must try and match. Participants are not obliged to ride as one group but are free to find their own riding companions each day to suit their pace and riding style.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Peter England
- Grade Challenging
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis Half Board
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Moving-on
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03328
Saturday 24th August
Meet for evening meal at an hotel near Libourne. Stay 1 night.
Sunday 25th August
Cycle from Libourne through the Double Forest to Riberac. 85km. Stay 1 night.
Monday 26th August
Cycle from Riberac to Thiviers. Follow the course of the Dronne River through Bourdeilles and Brantome to Thiviers. 67km. Stay 1 night.
Tuesday 27th August
Cycle from Thiviers to Uzerche where the attractive old town may be visited. 68km. Stay 1 night.
Wednesday 28th August
Cycle from Uzerche to Tarnac on the Millevaches Plateau. 59km. Stay 3 nights
Thursday 29th August
Loop ride. Visit the Lac de Vassiviere. 64km. Or rest day.
Friday 30th August
Loop ride. Explre the Millevaches Plateau. Choice of routes. Or rest day.
Saturday 31st August
Cycle to Seilhac. Cross the Monedieres Massif and climb the Suc-au-May. 55km. Stay 1 night.
Sunday 1st September
Cycle to Argentat on the Dordogne river. Visit Gimel-les-Cascades. 54km. Stay 2 nights.
Monday 2nd September
Loop ride to see the Tours de Merle and the Dordogne gorges. 74km. Or rest day.
Tuesday 3rd September
Cycle to Souillac. Stay in the historic centre. Follow the Dordogne and visit Carennac. 75km. Stay 1 night.
Wednesday 4th September
Cycle to Siorac. Follow the Dordogne along one of the most attractive stretches. 58km. Stay 1 night.
Thursday 5th September
Cycle to Bergerac. 58km. Stay 1 night.
Friday 6th September
Cycle to Libourne. 84km. Stay 1 night.
Saturday 7th September
Tour finishes after breakfast.
Accommodation & Meals
The group will stay in 2 or 3-star hotels, sharing two to a room with ensuite facilities. Breakfast and evening meals are included. Single occupancy can be booked for a supplement, subject to availability. Vegetarian meals can be arranged if requested on the Booking Form, though choice may be limited.
No vehicle support is provided. Participants are expected to carry their own luggage.
Passports, Visa & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £1,400 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the holiday and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 Euros to £1 sterling (Based on exchange rates published on www.x-rates.com on 14 September 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 15th June 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.
- 14 nights hotel, sharing room, half-board
- Detailed route sheets & GPX tracks where requested
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to and from the tour
- Drinks with evening meals
- Lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Single occupancy supplement (£25 per night, subject to availability)
A deposit of £140 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £1,260 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 15th June 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 15th June 2019
From 15th June 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
The cycling starts by heading north east through la Double Forest, staying in the small town of Uzerche. Further north is The Millevaches Plateau, the source of many rivers and designated a regional park. From here there is an optional ride to the vast artificial Vassivière Lake and the wild plateau. Returning south, an overnight in Argentat allow for time to explore its ancient buildings reflected in the Dordogne river and/or a cycle ride out to the Tours de Merle. Returning west following the course of the Dordogne the route passes through several attractive villages and small towns.
Rides & Rest Days
Most of each day will be spent cycling, but there should be time to wander around villages and visit tourist attractions. Participants are not obliged to ride as one group but are free to find their own riding companions each day to suit their pace and riding style.
The daily average on moving-on days is about 64km. On some of the moving-on days there will be options to take longer routes. It is, however, important that you are fit enough to undertake a typical day’s ride as there is no support vehicle. All days involve climbing, sometimes for several miles.
Normally there is a stop for a break mid-morning, using a café, and a stop again a little later for a picnic lunch. Midday breaks in restaurants are also a possibility, but there is no expectation that all members of the group should do the same.
Detailed route sheets will be circulated approximately a month before the tour starts.
Accommodation & Meals
The hotels have been chosen carefully and will generally be 2 or 3- star standard, with ensuite facilities. Soap and towels are provided and very frequently shampoo and a hair dryer. Breakfast and an evening meal of at least three courses will be provided. This would normally be in the hotel and is usually a set meal. Participants must pay for any drinks consumed with the evening meal or in the hotel bar.
The start and end of the tour is in Libourne, about 45km from Bordeaux Merignac airport and about 35km from Bordeaux St Jean rail station. Since travel to the start of this tour is not included, it is very important that you note that neither the Tour Manager nor CTC Holidays & Tours are responsible for you in any way until the appointed time at the designated meeting point.
Should you fail to arrive at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may incur in order to meet up with the tour group. Before finalising travel arrangements to meet the tour, you should ensure that you have read and understood our booking conditions. Should this tour not attract sufficient bookings to reach the minimum operating size, we may cancel the tour at any time up to 10 weeks before departure. It is therefore recommended that you book fully flexible and refundable transport and accommodation, or wait until the Tour Manager has advised you that the tour will run, as in the event of the tour being cancelled, we will not be responsible for any losses incurred.
The maximum number of participants will be 14 excluding the Tour Manager(s).
Weather & Clothing
The terrain is undulating, and bad weather can occur at any time of year, so bring clothing to ensure that you can remain warm and dry. It can also be very warm, even hot, and you should be prepared for this. The use of sun cream is recommended.
Cycles & Equipment
A touring cycle, hybrid or lightweight ATB is suitable for this tour. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Manager. Mudguards are optional but show courtesy to those who are following you in wet weather. Lights are recommended but might not prove essential. New tyres are recommended. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs. Each participant is expected to bring, and carry, all of their own clothing, personal items and spares. You are advised to do some riding before the tour with a similar load to that which you will be carrying during the tour to get a feel for how your bike will handle. Helmets are your personal choice. Wearing hi-vis jackets is a legal requirment in overcast conditions.
Maps & Guides
Michelin 1:150,000 local maps 329 Correze, Dordogne and 335 Gironde, Landes cover the tour area.
Travel Insurance & Advice
In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.